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Jones County, South Dakota
Map
Map of South Dakota highlighting Jones County
Location in the state of South Dakota
Map of the USA highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 15, 1917
Seat Murdo
Largest City Murdo
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

971 sq mi (2,515 km²)
970 sq mi (2,512 km²)
1.2 sq mi (3 km²), 0.1%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

924
1.0/sq mi (0/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: George W. Jones

Jones County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,006, making it the least populous county in South Dakota. Its county seat is Murdo. Created in 1916 and organized in 1917, it is the most recently established county in South Dakota.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 971 square miles (2,510 km2), of which 970 square miles (2,500 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Fort Pierre National Grassland (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 3,004
1930 3,177 5.8%
1940 2,509 −21.0%
1950 2,281 −9.1%
1960 2,066 −9.4%
1970 1,882 −8.9%
1980 1,463 −22.3%
1990 1,324 −9.5%
2000 1,193 −9.9%
2010 1,006 −15.7%
Est. 2016 927 −7.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,193 people, 509 households, and 327 families residing in the county. The population density was 1 people per square mile (0/km²). There were 614 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.81% White, 2.43% Native American, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. 0.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 509 households out of which 29.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.20% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.60% were non-families. 33.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 18.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 103.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,288, and the median income for a family was $37,500. Males had a median income of $23,289 versus $17,143 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,896. About 11.90% of families and 15.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.60% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,006 people, 458 households, and 280 families residing in the county. The population density was 1.0 inhabitant per square mile (0.39/km2). There were 589 housing units at an average density of 0.6 per square mile (0.23/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.6% white, 2.0% American Indian, 0.4% Pacific islander, 0.1% black or African American, 0.0% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.3% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 48.8% were German, 15.9% were Irish, 10.2% were Norwegian, 9.0% were Dutch, and 1.9% were American.

Of the 458 households, 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.9% were non-families, and 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.86. The median age was 46.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $49,464 and the median income for a family was $56,589. Males had a median income of $33,021 versus $27,115 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,630. About 6.6% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Town

Census-designated place

Unincorporated community

Townships

The county is divided into thirteen townships:

  • Buffalo
  • Draper
  • Dunkel
  • Grandview
  • Kolls
  • Morga
  • Mullen
  • Mussman
  • Okaton
  • Scovil
  • South Creek
  • Williams Creek
  • Zickrick

Unorganized territories

The county contains four areas of unorganized territory:

  • Central Jones
  • North Jones
  • Rich Valley
  • Westover

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